Up until now, I have always been virtuous, and any pimping that I have done has been pro bono and because I have a genuine interest and belief in the event/product.
But recently I received an email, asking me to sell advertising (via a button or a banner) for a newly established online forum. I checked out the site and it seems like a decent forum and is innocuous enough, but I am not sure:
a) if I want to go down this path
b) how to determine asking rates
I'm sure a lot of you get bombarded with these offers all the time, but I'm just a poor innocent girl, newly arrived in the big scary city, and admit my head is already swimming with all this talk of Click Through Rates and Costs Per Click and Page Impressions and effective CPMs.
Sure, I would love to earn some money from my blog, especially now that I am semi-retired, as the Spousal Unit never fails to remind me, but is it worth taking that step? You can never get your cherry back, you know.
And what would be the impact it would have upon the nature of my blog? Would it still feel like my place, where I go when there is something I feel compelled to write about or if I have something I want to share, or would it become some sort of mutant? Somehow I keep picturing the creation of something really scary, sort of like the love-child between Eugene Hutz' mustache and Javier Bardem's hair.
I would love some advice, especially from you seasoned